Sunshine Simmons is bass clarinet/ clarinet 3 of the New Mexico Philharmonic. She completed her Doctor of Music degree at Northwestern University and is currently the instructor of clarinet at Loyola University of Chicago and Wheaton Conservatory. Comfortable with the entire range of instruments in the clarinet family, she has held positions of Bass Clarinet with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Principal Clarinet with the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Second Clarinet and E-flat clarinet with the Illinois Philharmonic, and Bass Clarinet with the Quad City and Rockford Symphony Orchestras. She has also enjoyed performing with the Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Grant Park Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Santa Fe Opera.

Sunshine’s chamber music activities have included performances with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, eighth blackbird, International Chamber Artists, and Chatter.  Festival involvement has included the Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and the Frutillar Music Festival in Chile.

A native of Pennsylvania, Sunshine holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Northwestern University.  Her principal teachers have been J. Lawrie Bloom, Steven Cohen, and Thomas Thompson.  

Our Musicians

Matthew Tutsky

harp

Lidija Peno-Kelly

violin

Joan Wang

violin

Laura Chang

Laura Chang

Viola

Ana María Quintero

Violin

Annabelle Hoffman

Cello

Gabriela Fogo

Sarah Tasker

Assistant Concertmaster

Brynn Marchiando

trumpet

Nathan Ukens

horn

Lisa Donald

cello

Lisa DiCarlo

Viola

Katherine Olszowka

bass

Roberta Branagan

Violin

Krzysztof Zimowski

Associate Concertmaster

Jiyoun Hur

flute

Steve Ognacevic

viola

Carol Pinkerton

Principal Trumpet

Niels Galloway

horn

Emily Cornelius

Principal Percussion

Peter Erb

horn

Allegra Askew

viola

Jonathan Armerding

violin

Melissa Peña

oboe/English horn

Bradford Richards

violin

Eric Sewell

violin

Amanda Talley

oboe/English horn

Laura Steiner

viola

Timothy Skinner

clarinet & bass clarinet

Robert Tweten

Kirsten Lear, mezzo soprano

Dante Anzolini

Uriel Segal

Randol Bass

Katelyn Benedict

Horn

Brad Richards

Allison Tutton

horn

Donna Bacon

David Felberg

Associate Concertmaster

Phillip Coonce

Violin

Kerri Lay

Violin

Linda Boivin

Violin

Barbara Rivers

Violin

Nicolle Maniaci

Violin

Barbara Scalf Morris

Violin

Carol Swift-Matton, violin

Carol Swift-Matton

Assistant Principal 2nd Violin

Ikuko Kanda, violin

Ikuko Kanda

Violin

Justin Pollak

Violin

Julanie Collier Lee

Violin

Iris McDowell

Violin

Roberta Branagan

Violin

Sheila McLay

Violin

Daniel Brandt, Violin

Daniel Brandt (on leave)

Violin

Susan French

Violin

Gary Logsdon

Principal Viola

Kimberly Fredenburgh

Assistant Principal Viola

Nicholas Hill

Viola

Christine Rancier, Viola

Christine Rancier

Viola

Virginia Lawrence

Viola

Willy Sucre

Viola

Lisa DiCarlo

Viola

Joan Zucker

Principal Cello

Carla Lehmeier-Tatum

Cello

Joel Becktell

Cello

David Schepps

Cello

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Dana Winograd

Cello

Lisa Collins

Cello

Peggy Wells

Cello

Jean-Luc Matton

Principal Bass

Mark Tatum

Assistant Principal Bass

Terry Pruitt

Bass

Derek DeVelder

Bass

Ryan Walter

Bassoon 2

Valerie Potter

Principal Flute

Sara Tutland

Flute 2/ Piccolo

Kevin Vigneau

Principal Oboe

Melissa Peña

Associate Principal/English Horn

Marianne Shifrin

Principal Clarinet

Lori Lovato

clarinet

Sunshine Simmons

Clarinet 3/Bass Clarinet

Stefanie Przybylska

Principal Bassoon

Denise Turner

Bassoon 2

Peter Ulffers

Principal Horn

Kurt Civilette

Assistant Principal Horn

Nathan Ukens

Horn 4

Niels Galloway

Assistant Horn

John Marchiando

Principal Trumpet

Mark Hyams

Trumpet 2

Jennifer Brynn Rector

Associate Principal Trumpet, Trumpet 3

Debra Taylor, trombone

Debra Taylor

Principal Trombone

Byron Herrington

Trombone 2

David Tall

Bass Trombone

Richard White

Principal Tuba

Douglas Cardwell, Principal Timpani

Douglas Cardwell

Principal Timpani

Jeff Cornelius

Percussion

Kenneth Dean

Percussion 2

Emily Cornelius

Anne Eisfeller, harp small

Anne Eisfeller

Principal Harp